It is known: Germans pay with cash. As a result, it only takes a few months to fill a coin jar in Berlin. Here's what you can do with your small change.

With traditional banks

When you have filled every mason jar you had with coins, it's time to take them to an Einzahlautomat - a deposit machine. Most banks have them; they are slightly larger than regular ATMs, and have a stainless steel door that opens to take your coins.

Commerzbank customers can deposit coins at the Einzahlautomaten available in some branches, even outside of opening hours. Use the Commerzbank branch locator and look for branches with Einzahlautomaten. There are no fees for coin deposits.

Sparkasse customers can deposit large amounts of coins at some of its branches. You will be asked to put your coins in a bag, and a few days later, the money will appear in your account. You will be charged 7.50€ for this service1.

With online banks

Since online banks do not have any branches, the deposit options vary from bank to bank.

N26 customers must use CASH26 to deposit rolled coins into their account. You can find more information on the N26 website.

Comdirect customers can use the Commerzbank coin machines for free1.

At the Bundesbank

The Bundesbank (the German Federal Bank) will exchange your coins for free at its Berlin branch. You do not need to roll your coins1,2. Digital Cosmonaut describes the process in one of his articles.

With Coinstar machines

There are Coinstar machines in many supermarkets. When you put your coins in a Coinstar machine, you get a coupon. Bring that coupon to the cashier. You can get money back, or use it to pay for groceries1.

Coinstar machines have a 9.9% fee1. It's the most expensive way to exchange coins.

Useful link: Map of Coinstar machines